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Friday, May 28, 2010

BMC Software Comes Out with Its Own Cloud-Building Tool Kit

BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management is designed to enable enterprises to make the most of their cloud computing hardware and software and find ways to be more efficient, improving the bottom line and finding green IT benefits.  Data center management software provider BMC Software, an original partner of Cisco Systems in the Unified Computing System initiative launched in 2009, has come out with its own cloud computing management package for large enterprises.

In the original UCS partnership scheme, BMC provided the provisioning, change management and configuration software in the stack.  Cisco, of course, provided the networking and a new central server.  EMC and NetApp provided the storage capacity, VMware and Microsoft added their virtualization layers—-depending upon the choice of the customer—-and Accenture shaped the individual product deployments for customers.

Since then, UCS has added vBlocks, smaller modules of some of the aforementioned components, which can be integrated on a smaller scale and are not as daunting as a full-blown forklift overhaul to existing midrange and enterprise IT systems.

“This is a completely new product featuring a user self-service portal that people expect in private or public cloud environments,” Herb VanHook, vice president of strategy in the office of the CTO at BMC Software, told eWEEK.  “It’s a bunch of out-of-the-box workflows to basically address one of the common use cases around setting up private or public clouds, and it’s also a lot of function extensions to existing products.”

Posted on 05/28